Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, has criticised the Marxist-led West Bengal state Government for deterioration in law and order in the province resulting in Violence.
SV & GVs EXTERIOR Members of the Social Unity Centre of India (SUCI) sitting outside Calcutta Governors House with placards. (2 SHOTS)
SV Police looking on with batons ready.
SV Crowds queuing at Sujapur.
SV Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi arriving in Sujapur receiving flowers.
SV & GVs Mrs Gandhi speaking to crowd. (4 SHOTS)
SV Gruel being prepared for distribution in large drum.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Children waiting gruel with bowls.
SV People registering for food handouts.
SV Food being dished out in bowls.
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Background: Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, has criticised the Marxist-led West Bengal state Government for deterioration in law and order in the province resulting in Violence. She told crowds at a public meeting at Sujapur in the Malda district on Saturday (4 October) that the Marxists did not believe in democracy and were attacking everything that it stood for.
SYNOPSIS: There have been demonstrations throughout India during the past week. Most of them like this one outside the Government House in Calcutta are in protest over rising prices and the new National Security Ordinance which permits detention without trial for up to a year. In West Bengal there have been serious disturbances which have led to police shooting.
The communists who govern the state are convinced that Mrs Gandhi's new laws will be used to crush political dissent. India's six opposition parties see the ordinance as another attempt to bring back the emergency laws of her former administration. Mrs Gandhi assured the crowd in Sujapur that they would be safe. But she could do little to appease their gloom over the economy. Costa have risen by more than twenty seven percent since she took office in January. prices of day-to-day foods have rocketed, some by as much as two hundred and fifty percent.
Those who came to listen to the Prime Minister were given a free meal of gruel but only after registering.
Many political analysts in India believe that Mrs Gandhi is passing through one of the most serious personal political crises of her career. Her power of leadership is being closely criticised.